The automotive industry is dictated by a strong demand for new developments: travel has to be safe, sustainable, networked and economical. Whether this is possible – and if so, how – is the key topic looked at by the Steinbeis experts. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günter Willmerding and Jakob Häckh, directors of the Steinbeis Transfer Center Traffic Engineering.Simulation.Software, explore key issues relating to future vehicle drive systems. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nejila Parspour, director of the Steinbeis Consulting Center for Electromobility and Drive Engineering, takes us behind the scenes in the exciting field of e-travel. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Küchlin, director of the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Object and Internet Technologies explains how artificial intelligence helps us cope with the huge number of possible variants in the automotive industry. Christoph Königs, Tobias Streitberger and Marc Pejga from the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Microelectronics look at network and integration testing in the automotive industry. We also talk to Prof. Dipl.-Ing., Prof. h.c. (YZU) Gerhard Walliser and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gregor Rottenkolber, directors of the Esslingen-based Steinbeis Transfer Center for Automotive Engineering Esslingen, and Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Christof Wolfmaier, deacon of the automotive engineering department at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences and project manager at the center, about the future of the combustion engine, introducing the latest developments in the field of vehicle mechatronics and chassis. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Kull and Harsha Jakkanahalli Vishnukumar, who work at the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Systems Technology/Automotive, introduce a simple and inexpensive solution to improve air quality inside vehicles. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anestis Terzis, director of the Steinbeis Transfer Center DSI – Digital Systems and Innovations, describes the technical requirements affecting the replacement of mirrors with camera monitoring systems. In an interview with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roland Wahl, the director of the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Laser Processing and Innovative Manufacturing Technology, Wahl talks about current and future challenges in the automotive industry. Finally, our feature topic is rounded off by Prof. Dr. Peter Neugebauer, director of the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Automotive Testing, who concludes by reflecting on the future of travel and transportation.